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Questioning Israel’s nuclear ambiguity policy

Questioning Israel’s nuclear ambiguity policy

“The use of chemical weapons in Syria turned attention on Israel’s undeclared chemical stockpile, while Iran’s apparent willingness to have its nuclear facilities supervised by international inspectors could signal a new climate of transparency in nuclear affairs. Speaking at the United Nations last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Israel must declare it has nuclear capabilities.”

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Five shocking facts about child care in the United States

Five shocking facts about child care in the United States

“A large number of day-care centers are poorly run and even unsafe. At the same time, U.S. child care is still extremely expensive for many families — despite ample evidence that investing in young children has huge social benefits.”

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Why not having kids is admirable, not selfish

Why not having kids is admirable, not selfish

“Substantial numbers of people choosing not to have children also makes clear that having children should actually be a choice for everyone. Encouraging women and men to really assess their own lives, circumstances, values and desires, and evaluate whether a child is an addition they want, not only helps individuals to make more informed and affirming decisions, but sheds light on the many factors that make reproduction so fraught.”

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Welfare for the Wealthy

Welfare for the Wealthy

“Among them is Congressman Stephen Fincher, Republican of Tennessee, who justifies SNAP cuts by quoting 2 Thessalonians 3:10:  ‘For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.’

Even if this quote were not taken out of context — whoever wrote 2 Thessalonians was chastising not the poor but those who’d stopped working in anticipation of the second coming — Fincher ignores the fact that Congress is a secular body that supposedly doesn’t base policy on an ancient religious text that contradicts itself more often than not. Not that one needs to break a sweat countering his ‘argument,’ but 45 percent of food stamp recipients are children, and in 2010, the U.S.D.A. reported that as many as 41 percent are working poor.”

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